A poll of Republican primary voters taken this week reveals that a majority of Republican primary voters want Governor Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062. The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports, Poll: GOP voters want Brewer to veto SB1062:
In the automated poll of 802 Republicans by Coleman Dahm, a Republican political consulting firm in Phoenix, 57.1 percent of respondents who were asked about the bill said they would like Brewer to veto it. Only 27.6 percent said they want her to sign SB1062. The remaining 15.3 percent had no opinion. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.
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Bert Coleman, one of the firm’s partners, said that the poll was of “hard core” Republican voters who had voted both of the last two primary elections. He said the results show that even conservative Republicans believe the bill is bad for the state’s image and will harm its economy.
Now, you are scratching your head and asking yourself, “How is it possible that 50 out of 53 Tea-Publicans in the Arizona legislature voted in favor of SB 1062, when a majority of even Republican primary voters want Governor Brewer to veto this bill? How is it possible these Tea-Publican legislators were elected to office when they are so out of touch with their own constituents?”
I explained this the other day. Most GOP voters exhibit tribalism by identifying with the Republican Party and the “(R)” behind a candidate’s name on the ballot. Not much more thought than this goes into voting. And therein lies the problem. As I have said many times, this is not your father’s GOP. The modern-day GOP has been hijacked by radicals and extremists. These are not traditional conservatives nor traditional Republicans.
If “moderate” GOP voters were really voting based upon a candidate’s position on the issues, these “moderate” Republican voters would not vote for these far-right Republican candidates on the ballot who keep introducing radical an extremist bills with which they disagree. So end the rote tribalism. Be an informed and thoughtful voter, and vote for the Democrat.
As William Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar, ““The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”